Steve Rogers is the best of us, a hero that always truly does the right thing. What happens when that kind of hero is drawn into a conspiracy dating back before his time? It’s an interesting question asked by Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty #1.
This new Steve Rogers series is a unique take on the hero’s legacy, but it isn’t totally successful. It comes from Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly, Carmen Carnero, Nolan Woodard, and Joe Caramagna.
After the tumultuous events of the past year in his life, Steve Rogers is determined to reconnect with the average person, to become a Captain America for the people. Even as he does so, a horrendous conspiracy rears its head in the form of a new Destroyer. Can Steve and Bucky Barnes get to the root of it before it tears America apart?
It’s been a year since Steve Rogers has had an ongoing series. After this issue, I don’t know that I can say it was worth the wait.
There are some definite positives in its pages, without a doubt. Visually, this is a fantastic comic. Carnero is a superstar in the making and she knocks it out of the park here. The action is stunning, and she is able to convey a lot of emotion in the quieter scenes. Woodard’s colors make the line art pop off the page as well. I also enjoy Lanzing and Kelly’s effort to build up Steve’s life outside of the stars and stripes. It was interesting and gave a connection to the characters, even if, at times, it was a bit corny.
As for the rest of the story, the set-up is too complicated and self-important to really connect with. Suddenly, Steve’s shield is a symbol of some sort of conspiracy, but we’re not given enough to be drawn in, while what we are given is overly convoluted. A spy drama is a perfect fit for Captain America, as we saw with much of the Ed Brubaker run, but it needs to make sense.
Now to be fair, this is just the first issue. Lanzing and Kelly could swing things back in the right direction. But the story hook in this issue isn’t enough to draw me back. Thankfully, the great art is, so I’ll definitely be giving it a few issues to see if it finds its footing.
Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty #1 is available now from Marvel Comics.
A middling story is elevated by fantastic art. There’s potential here though, and we’ll stick around for that.